I’ll be taking part in the Big Green Bookshop’s Not the Booker discussion event in London this evening, so today, in need of a little relaxation, I thought I’d turn to the music of Kate Bush. I’ve chosen ‘Moments of Pleasure’.

This is the song I played when I wanted to get into the mood for writing as Tomos. I don’t really know why this song came to epitomise Tomos for me – the lyrics don’t relate to the theme of Not Thomas at all – but something in the tone of the music just worked. I think the music has a sadness but also hope. 

And the vulnerability of Kate’s voice never failed to trigger the right emotions in me. Now I only need to hear the opening couple of notes to be right back there with Tomos, in that decrepit house, in the dark, up on his high sleeper bed, under the jumpers and towels, with Mammy’s pink tee shirt…

P.S. If you haven’t already, please consider voting for Not Thomas on the Guardian’s online Not the Booker prize page – voting closes on Sunday night and the winner will be announced on Monday, 16th October. Thank you!

Sara’s debut novel ‘Not Thomas’ – a story of child neglect, love and hope, shown through the eyes of five-year-old Tomos – is published by Honno Press in paperback and as an e-book, and is available to buy direct from the publisher, from Amazon and from bookshops.


2 thoughts on “#MusicTherapyThursday

  1. Carol Lovekin

    Late to this ‘Kate’ party, Wendy. As ever, a joy to share your music choices. I love this song! I’m playing it as I type!
    All our moments of writing pleasure… ❤
    Very proud of the way your have navigated the NTB process – grace & dignity all the way. You're a winner! xXx


  2. Oh thank you, Carol. You’ve been a fantastic support throughout the whole weird experience of NTB – you and the other lovely Honno authors have kept me going. I really appreciate it.
    Glad you like my song choice. I love your Prince reference at the start of Snow Sisters. And I love, love, LOVE your new novel! Wallowing in it this week, now I can finally relax xxx


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